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10.4: Completely disable Spotlight
Authored by: arg on May 30, '05 02:34:53PM

While I agree with the original poster's sentiments -- Spotlight should be an option not a requirement, especially considering how problematic it is for some users -- I think the posted method for disabling Spotlight is pretty drastic and potentially harmful. And, as stated, a simple permissions repair will probably revert the Spotlight behavior, so it may not even be particularly effective. I, too, however, am bothered by Spotlight and really wanted to return old-style find-by-name searches. Hey, don't scream at me. It is and should be a personal preference, and Apple has made it not so.

I've done some research and testing, and for those of us who are interested, I think I've found a pretty good compromise that disables Spotlight metadata searching but still allows for find-by-name searches, even from the Spotlight pull-down. If anyone is still following this thread and is interested, I have posted the details here:

Hopefully someone will find this as useful as I have.

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10.4: Completely disable Spotlight
Authored by: osxpounder on May 31, '05 11:20:19PM

What I want to know is: when will Spotlight start working? I installed it almost 48 hours ago, and it has never yet found a single file unless I opened that file first. I'm glad I installed it to another drive, so that I'll be able to restart in Panther, because, so far, Spotlight fails utterly. It fails to find files I've just copied. It fails to find files I'm looking at, right there in the folder. As far as I can tell, it has only found a file after I opened it. The rest of the fricking folder full of files may as well be invisible.

I'm unimpressed.


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10.4: Completely disable Spotlight
Authored by: DonaemouS on Jun 24, '05 05:40:20AM

i have a big problem. i usually do search on LAN volumes. The server is running MacOS X 10.3.x. The system on which we do the search is using MacOS X Tiger. With MacOS X Panther, when we did a search, we got a result in about 5 seconds (LAN 10/100Mbit). Now, with Spotlight, we get an answer in about 15/25 seconds! Now, i don't understand if turning off spotlight, i could get back a search mode via namefiles instead indexing the content files.

I just would to know, how i can return to a MacOS X 10.3.x search mode. Unfortunately, the eMacs we have bought, can't run MacOS X 10.3!!! (already tryed! =/ )

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